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NABE Position Statement on New Immigration Reform Legislation
NABE
The National Association for Bilingual Education is pleased to offer support to the bipartisan legislation on the Immigration Reform bill: "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" with some suggestions for improvement.
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Cancellation of the proposed 2013 Dual Language Summer Institute in Puerto Rico
NABE
The proposed Dual Language Summer Institute in Puerto Rico has been postponed because the newly elected Governor of Puerto Rico is still in the process of establishing his new education agenda and making appointments to lead the office of education in Puerto Rico. NABE will continue its partnership work with PRTESOL for a possible Dual Language pre-service institute in collaboration with PRTESOL's Annual conference on Nov. 1-2.
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You're invited to WIDA SALSA and PODER - Spanish Standards and Assessment
MABE
MABE brings Susana Ibarra Johnson to introduce our members to WIDA's SALSA and PODER. Due to the March 8 snowstorm, Susana Ibarra Johnson, senior professional development consultant at WIDA was unable to join us at the May 9 Southern New England Conference for Dual Language Programs. MABE and the Gaston Institute, UMASS Boston is sponsoring Susana's return this spring.
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California toughens regs for interns teaching English learners
EdSource Today
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will now require noncredentialed Teach For America teachers and other intern teachers to receive more training in how to teach English learners and to get weekly on-the-job mentoring and supervision. The commission's unanimous vote last week followed two hours of public testimony and debate among commissioners over 14 separate recommendations aimed at improving the rigor and preparation of interns to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the state's 1.4 million English learners.
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Language learners and proficiency levels: What is their level?
By Erick Herrmann
Once students have been identified as having an influence of a language other than English — done at registration through some form of Home Language Survey — they are tested to determine to what degree the influence has had on their English proficiency. There are numerous measures used in schools across the country that categorize English learners into proficiency levels. While the names and number of proficiency levels vary according to the state, it is important to understand what the proficiency levels tell us about students and what they are able to do in our classrooms.
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English learners need federal commission, suggests MALDEF chief
Education Week
Thomas A. Saenz, the president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, said today that he believes that English language learners — the fastest growing subgroup of students in public schools — deserve heightened attention from the federal government, akin to the Equity and Excellence Commission, a three-year-long effort to address the entrenched achievement gaps between poor students and their more affluent peers.
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The color of school closures
National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.
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i3 project combines English with science to meet the needs of ELL students in both subjects
U.S. Department of Education
Investing in Innovation Development grant projects allow school districts and their educational partners to take a good idea and make it better. In 2008, school leaders in California's Sonoma Valley School District launched an initiative to bring not just science instruction to the elementary grades, where it had been neglected, but to also combine hands-on science with English in a novel multidisciplinary approach that they knew had significant potential to help the district's growing population of English language learners.
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English learners need federal commission, suggests MALDEF chief
Education Week
Thomas A. Saenz, the president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, said that he believes that English language learners — the fastest growing subgroup of students in public schools — deserve heightened attention from the federal government, akin to the Equity and Excellence Commission, a three-year-long effort to address the entrenched achievement gaps between poor students and their more affluent peers.

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Are schools getting tongue-tied?
District Administration Magazine
English as a second language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages — more than 100 in some locations — as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country.

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California to tighten rules for teaching English learners
Education Week
California's credentialing board plans to expedite new rules governing intern teachers — those who came into the profession on alternative routes — in what will likely require them to take more upfront training on how to teach English language learners.

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Technology's role in foreign language learning
eSchool News
Although educators and policymakers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering and math courses, today's students are competing in a global society — and foreign language skills can help students gain an edge when it comes to college acceptance and workforce success. Boosting foreign language learning in schools is a global discussion, and when it comes to global competition, some experts worry that the U.S. is losing out on a key opportunity to marry technology and foreign languages.
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PARCC releases draft policy on ELL accommodations
Education Week
The first of two groups of states working to design assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards released its recommendations for the types of supports that can be used to help English learners demonstrate their content knowledge and skills. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC — composed of 22 states — has issued its draft accommodations manual for English language learners and students with disabilities.
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Dual language program challenges students to succeed
Chicago Tribune
The first students in North Shore School District 112's dual language program are now seniors, having been immersed for their first eight years of school in learning to read, write and think in both English and Spanish. The program, one of only two such K-8 programs in the state, has 625 children enrolled at Oak Terrace, Red Oak and Sherwood elementary schools and Northwood Junior High School. Their teachers come from Spain, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico and Columbia.
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Parental support for limited English-speaking parents
By Kitty Warsame
This article explores need of support for limited English-speaking parents in public schools, the effect it has on new teachers, and a call for action. The focus of this article is divided in the following areas: brief summary on immigrant families entering the United States, how the lack of support for limited English-speaking parents affects new teachers and a call for action.
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English language teachers did well
Albert Lea Tribune
As our weather gets warmer and you venture out a little more, you may have witnessed some very happy teachers skipping around the community of Albert Lea, Minn. Well, perhaps not actually skipping, but cheerful and happy, nonetheless. Those happy teachers are the English language teachers. The EL teachers work with students learning English as a second (or additional) language. After five years of not making the state's Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, or AMAO, the district happily reached the EL AMAO goal for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Role-playing game brings new life to a 'dead' language
Science Daily
Choose your character, write spells, map the dungeon and move up levels. It sounds like Dungeons and Dragons, but it's not. It's Latin class. Each student plays a hero from Graeco-Roman myth with a backstory, personality and actions determined largely by the student. Over the semester-long journey the players face obstacles, challenges and opportunities both independently and as a group. And they learn to write Latin.
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Students master second language
Ventura County Star
When the number of pupils at Marshall School in Oxnard, Calif., who passed the California requirements to be classified as English-proficient jumped to 32 this year from nine last year, Principal Cindy Hallman decided to hold a celebration. She invited the pupils and their families to a dinner Sunday at the elementary school, where they were not only treated to chicken Alfredo, lasagna, salad, bread and cakes, but they also were honored. "This is a huge accomplishment. We want to let the students know we are proud of them. This doesn’t come without a lot of hard work," Hallman said.
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GOP senator: No more federal money for Common Core
Education Week
Congress wouldn't pump another penny into encouraging states to adopt the common core standards, or overseeing their implementation, at least if Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has his way. Grassley wrote a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who also hails from the Hawkeye State, asking him to include language in the bill that funds the U.S. Department of Education prohibiting the education secretary from using any of the money in the measure to oversee state implementation of the standards, develop tests to go along with the standards or give a leg up in any federal competition to states that adopt the standards. Harkin, who will retire after this Congress, is the chairman of the panels overseeing K-12 policy and spending — Grassley isn't a member of either of them.
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